NTSB Identification: FTW97FA199.
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Accident occurred Friday, May 23, 1997 in SHAWNEE, OK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/10/1998
Aircraft: Beech V35, registration: N5459U
Injuries: 3 Fatal.

NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The noninstrument-rated private pilot called the FSS for a weather briefing. The briefer recommended to the pilot to 'not fly VFR.' The pilot stated to the briefer that 'I'm not going to fly with those [weather] conditions.' The pilot departed on runway 17, at approximately 1643. The airplane climbed to approximately 2,000 feet agl before it began descending. Several witnesses observed the airplane 'spinning very rapidly out of the clouds to the ground.' A witness reported that he (the witness) departed the airport approximately 20 to 30 minutes before the accident. He stated that the local area weather was: visibility 5 miles with haze, cloud condition generally overcast with some areas of occasional broken, cloud bottoms were at approximately 1,500 feet agl, and the cloud tops were approximately 2,200 feet agl.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

The pilot's inadvertent entry into a spin. A factor was the pilot's initiated flight into adverse weather.

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